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Sound barrier broken at Bristol Business Network event with a Jerry Springer networking quote!

February 14, 2013
An event full of conversations, connections and collaborations – the enthusiasm, energy and expertise that was being exchanged was at least equal to that shown by Chuck Yeager* who was born on 13/2/1923.  Chuck also had some poignant words that can be related to networking

“You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can’t, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don’t give up”

The Bristol Business Network event on 13th February was full of people who helped create an event with such a great buzz, tremendous energy, much conversation, opportunities being created and connections being made.
The seminar before lunch hosted by Peter Prater of QTAC Solutions explained how RTI will impacting ALL businesses from 6/4/13
RTI and the FPS, EAS, EPS – starting 6/4/13 in a business like yours – thank you to QTAC for a great seminar – missed it – details here

Free PAYE Real Time Information Guide Download our Free Informative Update Guide to RTI and Payroll for the 2012-13 tax year. The guide includes up-to-date information on what’s happening with Real Time Information and the Pensions Regulator’s Workplace Pension Reforms.

The Networking lunch followed where these people

Julie Camm, Nick Fox, David Prout, James Short, Jeremy Comley, Sam Finlay, Eleanor McMahon, Sean Humby, Amalia Shatil, Richard Graves, Debbie George, Mark Leveridge, Neil Kinnerly, Fiona Hallworth, Alan Webb, Karen Gough, Greg Dodimead, Robin Craine, Nigel Peeck, Roy Adair, Sean Gilday, Peter Quintana, Bryonie Harwood, Peter Prater, Matt Richardson, Ken Abbott, Taiwo Orishayomi, Mark Brimson, Nigel Slade, William Hammond, Derek Jenkins, Anna Pepler, Liam Taylor

from these businesses

Avagio IT Services, BizVidz, Bristol Film & Media, Business Network (SW) Ltd, Qtac Solutions Ltd, Recognition Express Business Sorted Ltd, Clifton College, Alveston House Hotel, Appleton Fox Wealth Management Ltd, GWS Media Ltd, Key PA Solutions Ltd, Mark Leveridge Magic, Marriott St Pierre Hotel, The HR Dept (Bristol) Ltd, Trident Electrical Contractors Ltd, Welcome Telecom Ltd, Co-operative Flexible Benefits, N3 Display Graphics Ltd, Open Network Associates Ltd, Page Hargrave, Peter Quintana & Associates, Dartington Hall, GD Creative Ltd, Redwing Excel, Sales Outsourcing Specialists, Shred-it M4 Corridor, Space, St John’s Chambers, Arnold Jones Associates, AugMentor, Rent2Rent

enjoyed a served 2 course lunch with wine and coffee, great conversations that were relaxed, engaging and rewarding.
The 10 minute speaker Ken Abbott from Redwing Excel – spoke about  “3 things you should know about spreadsheets to make you more interesting at parties”
Are your spreadsheets dangerous, do they help with your processes and have they the m-factor? Redwing Excel can make them safe, save you time and money – did you know……
  1. The cancellation of the West Coast mainline rail franchise last year was put down to “technical flaws”.  The problem was actually due to incorrect formulas in the spreadsheet used for the calculations. 
  2. In 2003 the American Mortgage giant Fanny Mae  made a spreadsheet error that led to it mis-reporting it’s results by more than $1bn.  Are you confident that your spreadsheets aren’t making similar errors?
  3. A recent extensive study by the University of Hawaii found that 85% of businesses worldwide use spreadsheets for critical aspects of managing business but over 90% of of those spreadsheets contain errors.  And interestingly when told that there was a problem, only 50% of the errors could be identified by experienced users within the business. 
Looking for Joe Bloggs**
Businesses not currently represented in Bristol Business Network
Accountants, serviced offices, Health and beauty, cosmetics, florists, photographers, manufacturing, logistics/courier, hire, consumer goods, hair dressers/barbers; landscape/gardening/horticulture, architects, Printing company, taxi, cleaning contractors domestic & commercial, building supplies, travel agents/consultants, butchers, bakers and candle stick makers and someone called Joe Bloggs!**- to name a few!

Who knew that  Jerry Springer (born 13/2/1944) had a quote about networking……………….

“All of us, whether or not we’re celebrities, every one ought to spend part of their life making someone else’s life better.”

Some of the offers and opportunities that were brought along

David Minns of A Suit That

020 3405 2489

Complimentary measure-up and consultation, or bespoke shirt with suit*


Chris Gordon of AUDITEL LTD

Tel 01453 542495

We will review you or your clients costs for free – consultancy on a no-savings, no-fee basis delivered by the UK’s number one cost management organisation. We can look at over 150 cost categories from energy to telephones, insurance to stationery to business rates.  Even if you are a small organisation or a sole trader there is probably something we can do for you.  We will happily pay a finder’s fee for introduction to larger clients.


01249 654871

We offer free, no obligation IT audits/system checks


Karl Ellis of EBRS

Tel: 01454 501686 Mob: 07868 745758

PAY BENCHMARKING OFFER – get 3 roles assessed for the price of 2.

The savings made by not paying the going rate for a role can be easily outweighed by the recruitment and training costs of replacing a valued employee who has been tempted away.

We can provide you an objective assessment of the market rate for any (or all) of your roles – from Chief Executive level down. Contact us on 01454 501686 or see our website ( for more details


Richard Graves and Daniel Collings – GWS Media

0117 972 4835

Free one-hour consultation to help you establish your marketing requirements


Anna Pepler  of the HR Dept
Tel 0845 2021 999

We offer outsourced HR Services to SME’s; everything an in house HR Department would provide but at a fraction of the cost. We are happy to provide a free consultation and meet with any business to discuss their HR needs. We also offer a free review of employment contracts, company policies and handbooks                  


Debbie George of Key PA Solutions Ltd

0117 214 0104

Has 2013 bounced off to a good start?


  • Are your admin duties getting in the way?
  • Do you need help with diary management?
  • Do you need help with e-mail management?
  • Book-keeping/invoicing/credit control a problem?
  • Do you need to free up some time in order to concentrate on your core business?
  • Do you need some work/life balance?

If the answer to any of these questions is YES, then you need our help!




Tel: 0117 965 5566

Get a Premium Banerstand 1m wide (pre-owned unit) with new bag and lifetime warranty at £100 (normal price £250) – final reduction – last few available!. When they are gone, they are gone!!

Inge Dowden of Polyglot Coaching


Learn to understand yourself and others and become a better communicator, negotiator conflict manager by taking a DISC profile and a 30 minute coaching session with me. Normal price: £147 but for BNSW members the special offer price is £97

Contact me for more details:  0117-3704204


Olly Dymond – Shopping Sherlock

Would you consider a part-time/second business if it had a one time start up cost of £160 and a monthly cost of £22 and can provide you an income of £3000 a month within 4-6 months!!!???

Call Olly on 07581 664438 or


Tel: 0870 7777011

Reduce costs; reduce your carbon footprint with Fax 2 e-mail. WELCOME offers a full range of numbers that can deliver faxes to your inbox. Free to set up this service means that you only print the faxes you need to.

Bristol’s premier business show is only three weeks away!

If you are looking for an opportunity to promote your business, you want to network with hundreds of like-minded local businesses owners or learn how others have achieved successes in business, then this is the event for you!

EVENT: The Best of Bristol Exhibition – sponsored by CreditSafe

WHEN: Tuesday 5th March 2013 10.00am to 3.00pm

VENUE: Bristol City Football Club Exhibition Centre, Winterstoke Road, Bristol. BS3 2EJ.

EXHIBITION STANDS: 130 already booked (we have just a few place left)



EVENT PARTNERS: Bristol City Council, Destination Bristol, Bristol 24-7, Bristol Film and Media & N3 Display Graphics.

For more information or to book online follow this link  or simply contact Neil Kinnerly Director – Business Sorted Ltd –

t: 0117 911 4223 m: 07831 710835

Bristol Business Network Charity of the year 2013




2013 Dates – Seminar and speaker opportunities available



Seminar before lunch 10 minute speaker
March Wednesday


 Redwood Hotel & Country Club  Inge Dowden – Polyglot Coaching  Olly Dymond
April Wednesday


Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa

  ‘How to make an extra million… your spare time!!’ – Olly Dymond  Matt Richardson – Recognition Express
May Wednesday


 Redwood Hotel & Country Club  TBC  Chris Gordon – Jumpstart
June Wednesday


 Hilton Garden Inn  TBC  Inge Dowden
July Wednesday


Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa

 Opportunity available  Graeme Hay – UK Trade and Industry – OPen to Export
August Wednesday


 Redwood Hotel & Country Club  Opportunity available Peter Quintana
September Wednesday


 Hilton Garden Inn  Opportunity available  Matt Richardson – Recognition Express
October Wednesday


Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa

 Opportunity available  Opportunity available
November Wednesday


 Redwood Hotel & Country Club  Opportunity available  Opportunity available
December Wednesday


Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa

 Opportunity available  Bristol Business Network Charity – Jessie May Trust

If you want to develop opportunities for your business

To get your invitation please use the link here 

and you will get yes’s…….

  • Do you want to generate opportunities that will enhance your business?
  • Do you want to build mutually beneficial relationships with other decision makers?
  • Do you want your networking to be relaxed and comfortable?
  • How about business seminars that can positively impact your business?
  • Would a huge variety of contacts that are useful to your business?
  • Do you want the opportunity to promote your business and expertise?
  • Do you want a team of advocates and ambassadors for your business?
  • What about generating an ROI on your networking?

Business Network (SW) Ltd offers senior decision makers, monthly, lunch time, structured and business focused networking events in Exeter, Bristol and Taunton.  


*Chuck Yeager – born 13/2/1923 – 1st person to break the sound barrier in the X1 in 1947
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